Friday, 24 June 2011

FMQing to my heart's content

FMQ with Sheena Norquay by Lynne @ Lilys Quilts

Well, after nearly 18 months of quilting, I finally took the plunge and enrolled on a one-day course of FMQ with Sheena Norquay at Quiltessential, my wonderful LQS in Derbyshire. Sheena was both inspirational and also very kind and lovely and Ann, the owner of Quiltessential made the atmosphere warm, fun and friendly, as is always the case in her shop.  Here is a mosaic of my FMQ-ing yesterday, my favourites being the ziggy-zaggy lightning, the dry stone wall and the jigsaw puzzle. Thank you for all your support and encouragement before the big day - I had a ball.

55 comments:

  1. I so knew you were going to ace this!! Very impressive indeed. I particularly love the flowers. Can't wait to see your first quilt using FMQ. (See I told you that you wouldn't be the class dunce - that's my job!)

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  2. But it might be your main talent....

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  3. Wow! Those all look amazing but especially the jigsaw puzzle one! Glad you enjoyed yourself. I'm a bit jealous - I would love to do a quilting class.

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  4. You are a natural. This is the beginning of something very addictive.

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  5. Well done for putting on the big girl pants and braving a class, there was not a snowballs chance in hell that you would be bad at this though.... I really like the flower one, the squared off petals are very unique.

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  6. Echoing all above, WOW! That's all just after ONE lesson? That's amazing! I think my favorite is the daisies but they're all awesome!

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  7. These are fab Lynne, little picture blocks in themselves. Which ones do you think you'll translate onto a larger quilt? Jxo

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  8. Glad you enjoyed it and how productive were you???!! Look forward to seeing lots of FMQ quilts now - something I have never tried yet. Maybe I should get on a course too ??

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  9. You is the class swot ... fantastic work Lynne, I love the drystone and the pebbles and the spiderwebby oh, dash it, I'm jealous as hell and at the same time v. proud of my bloggy friend :)

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  10. OMG this cannot be the first time you've done this ;)
    I love your puzzle pieces: they are PERFECT
    How about a quilt made of sample free motion quilting patterns?

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  11. That looks fantastic! I especially love the jigsaw pieces and the spiders web!

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  12. Bloody hell! That's all I'm going to say. I think you know what I mean! xx

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  13. Fabulous! It must be so fun to go and do a proper class!

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  14. Looks like you.ve been doing this forever...you seem relaxed and you like what I would find so difficult...great job....

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  15. How did I know you would do great? Impressive! It seems I use that word alot when referring to you.

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  16. That's a great acievement - they all look really good and I'm so glad you enjoyed it !

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  17. Wow! You did all of that in one day? Your new styles are really fantastic. I'm not knocking stippling, meandering and straight lines, but you just there's a whole world of wonderful options out there. You really opened my eyes.

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  18. Wow - your first attempt in class is WAY better than mine from my class last weekend. I love the puzzles! We only got through about 6-8 of our practice 6 inch squares so I have a lot more room on my practice sheet to keep going... you've inspired me to try some new shapes, maybe I will like them better.

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  19. Wonderful work, so inspiring! And you got so much done in a day, clearly you behaved and stayed out of detention - very good.

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  20. The spiderwebs are fantastic!! Would love to take a class for FMQing!!

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  21. Did MISS reprimand you at all? Looks like you were a good student.

    Here's my prob with FMQ.....it's pretty easy on the small sandwiches, but it's a LOT tougher moving a whole quilt thru my regular machine for this.

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  22. Wowsers! Those are so fun. I need to get me to a class.

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  23. Impressive - like we ever had any doubts you'd be brilliant at this too!!!

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  24. They look brilliant - I'm really impressed!

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  25. Fantastic! I had no doubt that you would be brilliant.

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  26. Wow, great job! It is so much fun isn't it! I do all those little practice pieces, and then when it comes to a quilt I seem to only do the one pattern that I love! Oh well, maybe I will get brave one day.

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  27. Wow! You did this after just a ONE day class! Where do I sign up?

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  28. Wonderful. They all look great!

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  29. I knew you'd be a star! I should start practicing here at home so that I can take a one day course and get up to speed. VERY limited quilting skills would be an accurate description of where I'm at right now. :)

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  30. Those puzzle pieces! Huzzah! You did great job!

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  31. you done good, sweety! That's from a movie, but don't ask me which one.

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  32. OH. MAH. GAH. That is awesome!! Please please add your photos to the Flickr groups for modern quilting stitches and FMQ (if you haven't already) - this is incredibly inspiring!!

    (Felicity, whose Blogger profile won't link in embedded comments after the most recent Internet Explorer "upgrade")

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  33. look at all those wonderful samples! There will be no stopping you now!

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  34. it looks fabulous Lynne! You are making me want to sign up for classes at my local quilt store. I think that they might even have a free motion class. Hmmm...I never thought that they might show all of that!

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  35. These are great! What a range you covered!

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  36. Go you!!! FMQ feels like my nemesis....but something i always wish i could do. it is very daunting to me

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  37. again, i bow to your awesomeness and wish i lived in england so i could take the same class!

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  38. There! Now that's much better isn't it! Now imagine the possibilities! - And you're off - no stopping you now :)

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  39. like the heart and jig saw, think all are great !! well done to you .

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  40. Oh, wow, this is awesome! You did a lot better than I did in my last class! BTW I saw you were mentioned at FATQUARTERLY.COM! They are "especially fond of ...[your]...fabric selections" in the FWQAL. Way to go, girl!

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  41. Oh what an inspiring mosaic of FMQ types!! Great work; I'm glad your class went well! :)

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  42. look at you--Miss FMQ! It's just lovely! One more skill to add to your already dense repertoire!

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  43. Oh man, this is so cool. Good for you!

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  44. Too bad you don't live over here--I've got some quilt tops you could "practice" on, lol. ;)

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  45. wow, very impressive! I have met Sheena a few times over the years and seen her amazing quilts in the flesh. She does lots of courses up here, I think I may book myself on one of them now I have seen the results!

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  46. Hi Lynne - glad you had a good day. I was surprised to hear from Ann that you were quiet all day and that you worked very hard - with impressive results! Hope to see you in the shop again soon.

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  47. looks like you had a blast, these look amazing. I'm booked onto a local FM quilting class in a couple of weekends time, hope I get to do the same sorts of things. I've been blogging about my efforts but they look nothing like this - good work

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  48. How did I miss this post - great work - it looks like you had a real blast and have now opened up a new world for yourself and I foresee lots of experiments in quilting will follow
    have fun and enjoy

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  49. these look SO amazing. i'm terrifically behind in all blog reading, but i get to all sometime :) i'm so glad i did. your blog is always fantastic, but this photo is over the top fabulous. it looks like you had a grand time.

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  50. Those are great! I especially love the jigsaw puzzle.

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